Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary

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The opposite of racist isn't 'not racist.' It is 'antiracist.' What's the difference?

One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an antiracist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an antiracist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of 'not racist.’

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist


 

The Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights presents Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary, a lecture series and associated course presenting preeminent scholars, thought leaders, and public intellectuals to guide our community through topics necessary to an understanding of systemic racism and racial justice. The series is self-consciously an entry point, designed to provide intellectual and moral building blocks to begin the transformative work of anti-racism in our students, on our campus, and in our broader communities.

More about the project here

Watch videos of past speakers here

 

For students

 

Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary is available as either a one-credit or three-credit course for Notre Dame students. The presentations will be offered via Zoom for all participants, with an additional in-classroom component for the three-credit course. Students who do not register for the class are welcome and encouraged to join individual lectures as noted below.

Course registration information here

 

For the Notre Dame community

 

Each session in the series will be synchronously available, via Zoom, to any member of the Notre Dame community—students, staff, faculty, or alumni. Join us for the whole series, or even just one lecture.

You must register to attend any part of the series. Registration provides access to all of the lectures, but you may choose which lectures to attend. We recommend early registration, as space is limited, but you may do so at any time during the semester. An nd.edu or alumni.nd.edu email address is required. Alumni who wish to obtain an alumni.nd.edu email address may do so at the Notre Dame Alumni Association, here.

Register for the series here

Please note that attendance is limited for each lecture in the series. We invite you to register, but cannot guarantee that all registrants will be able to attend every session.
 

For the public

Video recordings and suggested readings from many lectures will be available as the series unfolds. Check here for the latest uploads.

Watch videos of past speakers here

 

Guest Experts for Spring 2021

All sessions via Zoom at 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. ET (US)


Example

Friday, February 12

Racism and the Catholic Church

Fr. Bryan Massingale
James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics, Fordham University and author, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church

Watch the video here


Example

Friday, February 19

Ferguson

Wesley Lowery
Journalist for CBS News and author, They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

Watch the video here


Example

Friday, February 26

The Black Lives Matter Syllabus

Frank Leon Roberts
Faculty, New York University and author of the groundbreaking "Black Lives Matter: Race, Resistance, and Populist Protest" course

Watch the video here


Example

Friday, March 5

Christianity and White Supremacy

Damon Berry
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, St. Lawrence University and author, Blood and Faith: Christianity in American White Nationalism

Watch the video here


Example

Friday, March 12

Implicit Bias

Dolly Chugh
Associate Professor, New York University and author, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias

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Example

Friday, March 19

Identity

Sunny Hostin
Senior Legal Correspondent & Analyst for ABC News and author, I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds

Read More


Example

Friday, March 26

Misuse of Civil Rights History

Jeanne Theoharis
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College and author, A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History

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Example

Friday, April 9

Charlottesville

Jessica Phillips
Partner, Paul Weiss

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Example

Charlottesville

Michael Bloch
Counsel, Kaplan Heckler & Fink LLP

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Example

Friday, April 16

Politics of Racial Resentment

Jonathan Metzl
Director of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University and author, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland

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Example

Friday, April 23

Curricular Race Gap

Ernest Morrell
Coyle Professor of Literacy Education, University of Notre Dame and co-editor, Educating Harlem: Schooling and Resistance in an American Community

Read More


Example

Friday, April 30

Policing Reform

DeRay Mckesson
Civil rights activist and author, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Read More


Friday, May 7: To be announced


 

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